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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 154173
Last updated: 4 November 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C150 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 150G
Registration: N6389S
C/n / msn: 15067189
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Wooded area of Baytown, TX -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Terrell, TX (TRL)
Destination airport:La Porte, TX (T41)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot reported that, during the night, cross-country flight, she had briefly considered an en route stop for additional fuel because of the increased headwind but that she decided to continue. During a shallow turn to enter the traffic pattern about 6 miles from the destination airport, the airplane experienced a total loss of power, and the pilot made an emergency off-airport landing. The airplane impacted trees and bushes in a thickly wooded area, which resulted in substantial damage to both wings and ailerons and the engine mount, fuselage, and empennage. The airplane had a total fuel capacity of 26.0 gallons with 22.5 gallons of usable fuel. Postaccident examination found that only a trace amount of fuel remained in the right tank and that the left tank was empty. The pilot estimated that the fuel consumption rate was about 7.3 gallons per hour and that the accident flight was about 3.3 hours long. Therefore, a total of about 24 gallons of fuel would have been needed for the flight, which was more than the usable fuel in the airplane. The pilot attributed her lack of more serious or fatal injuries to her use of a shoulder harness.
Probable Cause: The pilotís poor in-flight decision-making and improper fuel management, which resulted in a loss of engine power due to fuel exhaustion.


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Revision history:

17-Mar-2013 12:35 gerard57 Added
17-Mar-2013 12:42 gerard57 Updated [Date, Time, Aircraft type, Location]
18-Mar-2013 06:03 Geno Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
25-Apr-2013 11:06 Linda Shackelford Updated [Departure airport, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
28-Nov-2017 14:15 ASN Update Bot Updated [Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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